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Hill returns in style

- 24th May 2001

GRAHAM Hill celebrated his return to from with a win in the Geoff Norman 4.3 miler at Springhill Hospice, Rochdale.

The Stockport runner clocked 22.33 mins for first place while clubmate Gary Greenwood was more than happy in 35th spot with 27.56.

The hilly Leeds Half Marathon proved a much tougher course for the Stockport duo.

Hill tucked into seventh place for the first ten miles before moving up the field.

After a hard battle with Andy Jones of East Cheshire Harriers, the Stockport runner took third spot to cross the line in 71.08 almost a minute ahead of his local rival. Gary Greenwood clocked 1.09.38.

Frank Reilly was first Harrier home in the Chester Half Marathon. In a race that attracted over 1,600 runners, Frank eased home in 1.15.25 to take overall 19th while claiming first vet 55 prize.

Ben Gregory took second vet 45 in 22nd place with 1.15.37 while Richard Marlton's 1.16.53 just pushed him into 30th.

The ever-improving Steve Almond finished 37th with a superb 1.17.35, five seconds ahead of clubmate John Sweeney who finished the day off as second vet 50.

The team prize went to Helsby with 62 points as Stockport took 3rd team prize with 71 points - just three points behind Middleton Harriers.

In the ladies' race Liz Turton clocked 1.38.58 while Ros Mann knocked more than a minute off her previous best with a pleasing 1.46.44.

Kerry Wood finished 16th in the Liverpool Woman's 10K with 38.56, beating training partner Tricia Sloan (39.32) of Salford AC by more than half a minute into 17th. Michela Stepto followed in 18th with 39.38 while Debs McCann made the top 100 in 48.50.

The Stockport Secondary Schools' Sports Association Championships proved successful at Woodbank Stadium where despite the atrocious weather more than 700 competitors turned out. Club members Sarah Wiblin (Offerton High), David Hickitts (Reddish Vale) and Jonathan Walch (Stockport Grammar) came out on top.

Sarah won the year nine 1,500m while year eight runners David and Jonathan took first place in the boys' 1,500m and 800 respectively.

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